KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If there was ever a doubt about his availability for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, Patrick Mahomes put an finish to it.
“AFC championship week,” the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback said about Sunday’s conference title game against the Cincinnati Bengals. “Ready to go.”
Mahomes suffered a excessive ankle sprain within the first quarter of Saturday’s 27-20 divisional spherical playoff victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He returned to the game within the second half.
Coach Andy Reid stated he anticipated Mahomes to be a full apply participant Wednesday. Mahomes stated the ankle has progressed because the game towards the Jaguars.
“It’s doing good,” he said. “I’ve achieved just a few days of therapy, just a few days of rehab. Excited to get on the apply subject and sort of try it out and see the place I’m at. But it is feeling good to this point.
“I felt better than I thought I was going to be after the game. Moving on it during the game definitely hurt. But after the game, I was able to rest it and kind of ice it up and do different stuff like that. I felt in a little bit better position and obviously the next morning felt a little bit better, and then I’ve continued to get better throughout the week, so we’ll see how I feel today at practice.”
Mahomes’ style of play changed after he returned to the game against the Jaguars. He led the league in passes from outside the pocket in the regular season but made no such throws in the second half.
It was only his second half this season in which he made no throws outside the pocket. Mahomes said he anticipated he would have to work around the injury against the Bengals.
“I’ll have to discover methods to give you the chance to push off and give you the chance to nonetheless make the throws the precise means,” he stated. “I’ll push it slightly bit right now after which the subsequent day after which the subsequent day once more and see what I can do then. Not reaggravate the harm, clearly, however push it to see what I’ll give you the chance to do on Sunday.”